National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Water Quality at Beaches in the MBNMS

beach cleanupIn accordance with State statutes individual counties are required to monitor ocean water at public beaches and water contact sports areas. These samples are analyzed for bacteriological "indicator" organisms. Elevated concentrations of indicator organisms are suggestive of contamination by human sewage and other wastes, which may result in human disease. When bacterial indicator organisms exceed the State guidelines for beaches, the county health departments take appropriate actions to investigate the cause of contamination and ensure that the public is safe.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary provides the following links to each of the county health departments to provide the latest information about beach postings or closures based on the most recent bacteriological test information.

For more information check out these links: